Veterans Day 2019 Events at the Museum

Please join us Sunday, November 10 and Monday, November 11, 2019 for multiple events happening at the Naples Museum of Military History.

Sunday, November 10, 2019,  10 am – 2 pm

Book Signing – by Nancy Fessenden, Retired from US Marine Corps as a pilot
Author of “Pilots, Pinballs & Politics, a History of the Naples Airport

“During the early days of aviation in Collier County, Florida, planes landed on a golf course or on the beach. But, that all changed in December 1943. World War II clamored for more pilots, more gunners, and more aircraft. The Naples Airdrome was built and suddenly the skies over Naples, Florida were filled with P-39s, P-40s, B-17s, and RP-63s. The orange “Pinball” (RP-63) participated in the Army Airforce’s flexible gunnery training program. Hundereds of pilots and gunners were trained for combat and sent to the Pacific or European fronts.”

Sunday, November 10, 2019, 12 Noon

Speaker Event– by R.J. Del Vecchio, US Marine – Vietnam War Photographer.
Correcting the Myths of the Vietnam War
Bob Del Vecchio’s presentation lends itself to a broader understanding of the Vietnam War, what the Burns/Novick PBS documentary omitted and and the facts about some very substantial events during the Vietnam War.

Monday, November 11, 2019,  10 am – 2 pm

Photo Unveiling by Neal Boortz, Jr., son of Neal Boortz Sr., Marine Corps Pilot severed during WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War.
Neal Boortz Jr., graduated from Texas A & M and is an author, former attorney, and former syndicated radio talk show host.

Sunday & Monday, November 10 & 11, 2019,  12 Noon

Performing both Sunday and Monday at 12 Noon, Steve Smith will sing “Welcome Home” a song he wrote in honor of his father’s service and the lackluster welcome he received upon returning home from Vietnam.

Guests of Honor, Monday, November 11, 2019

Wayne Smith
Wayne graduated from Air Force Academy in 1965. He served as a pilot in Vietnam from 1966 until he was shot down on his 90th mission over North Vietnam in 1968. Wayne was held at the Hanoi Hilton for 5 years and was finally released in March 1973.

After the war, Wayne flew Bowing 727 for Eastern Airline for a short period of time and became executive of several very successful chemical and energy companies.

the devil's bodyguard book coverArt Matson
Art is the son of Duff Matson who severed with a group of the First Special Service Forces (FSSF) members known as the “Devil’s Brigade” during WWII. (Hollywood made the movie “the Dirty Dozen” dramatizing stories on some of the “criminal soldiers” of the unit members.) Duff Matson was the bodyguard of the FSSF commander, General Robert Frederick. The book, “The Devil’s Bodyguard” detailed his service during WWII and many successful businesses after leaving the military.

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